Mar 2015

Down & Out Books Announces the Return of Jake Diamond in CIRCLING THE RUNWAY by J.L. Abramo

After a ten-year break, private investigator Jake Diamond is back on the job in the new original novel Circling the Runway.

Diamond was introduced in Catching Water in a Net (2001), winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, and subsequently featured in Clutching at Straws (2003) and Counting To Infinity (2004).

Circling the Runway, the long awaited fourth addition to the acclaimed series, will be released by Down & Out Books in April 2015—following on the heels of Abramo’s highly-praised stand-alone thriller Gravesend (2012) and Chasing Charlie Chan (2013).

“During the writing of Circling the Runway, I was surprised and pleased with how well I knew Jake Diamond after nearly a decade,” Abramo says. “It was as if Jake never left.”

Jacob Diamond and San Francisco Detective Sergeant Roxton Johnson are famous for not getting along.  Cats and dogs.  Oil and water.  Liston and Ali.  Jake and Rocky.  When an assistant district attorney is murdered in a high-rise apartment building, and Johnson suspects his lieutenant may have something to do with it, he can think of no one else to turn to for help—no one he can trust—except Jake Diamond.  If the mismatched duo can avoid stepping on each other’s toes long enough—they may be able to stop circling the runway and land on the villain’s doorstep. Lieutenant Laura Lopez, Detective Ray Boyle, Joey Clams, Vinnie Strings and Darlene Roman are all back in action in the first new Jake Diamond escapade since Counting to Infinity.

“Jake Diamond is back after a ten-year hiatus, and his reappearance is well worth the wait. Abramo offers yet another smart, funny and action-packed installment to his award-winning series with Circling the Runway.”—The Denver Review

Down & Out Books publisher, Eric Campbell added, “The dedicated Diamond followers who know Jake will feel the same—and those who don’t know Jake will become new fans of the smart, witty and charming San Francisco private eye.”

Down & Out Books, an indie-publisher based in Tampa, FL, has been serving up the best crime fiction since 2011.

For more information, author interviews, or review copies of CIRCLING THE RUNWAY, contact Christy@DownAndOutBooks.com.

Visit J.L. Abramo online at http://www.jlabramo.com/.

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Mar 2015

Gordon Brown Signs Book Deal with Down & Out Books

Down & Out Books is delighted to welcome Scottish author Gordon Brown to its family of crime novelists by releasing his debut thriller Falling in the U.S. in late 2015. “Chaos reigns as the plot comes thick and fast in this thriller told from alternating perspectives of a brilliantly drawn cast of characters.” — Daily Record.

“I’m excited that Down & Out Books will be publishing Falling,” said Brown, “and looking forward to seeing my debut novel reach a new audience in the States.”

“Readers won’t be able to put down Gordon’s fast-paced thriller,” Down & Out Books publisher Eric Campbell added.

Falling, a crime thriller set in Glasgow, Scotland, is centered on Charlie Wiggs, a quiet, unassuming accountant for thirty years. When Charlie agrees to look after a package for a work colleague, he doesn’t expect to be flung from the roof of a forty-story building. He doesn’t intend to be caught up in a world of money laundering and blackmail. Nor does he ever think he would find himself being hunted by a vicious criminal gang. Forced to flee for his life Charlie is reluctantly joined by George, a maintenance man and George’s girlfriend, Tina. The trio find themselves falling into a world that they are ill equipped to deal with. A world populated by criminals and death. A world that gives them three choices: to run, to die or to fight back. “Brown keeps a firm, skillful grip on his material in what turns out to be a very promising debut novel.” — The Herald.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Gordon Brown lives in his homeland. He spent twenty-five years in the sales and marketing world working on everything from alcohol to global charities and from TV to lingerie. Gordon started his work-life packing shelves for a supermarket in the UK before moving to Canada for the brewery business. He returned to the UK as the Director of Brands for a UK-based brewery before setting up his own marketing business in 2001. Falling, Gordon’s first novel, was originally published in 2008. He is a founding board member of Scotland’s premier crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland. Gordon is also a DJ with local radio and is married with two children.

Down & Out Books, an indie-publisher based in Tampa, FL, has been serving up the best crime fiction since 2011.

To obtain a galley version (PDF, mobi, epub) for review, or to coordinate an interview with Gordon, contact Christy@DownAndOutBooks.com.

Visit Gordon Brown online at http://www.gordonjbrown.com/.

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Feb 2015

Now Available! Death Is Not Forever by Trey R. Barker

Death Is Not Forever by Trey R. Barker

Trey R. Barker’s third Barefield novel, Death Is Not Forever, is published today by Down & Out Books. “An engaging, rough-and-raw saga that has a decided bonus in that it delivers some of the best dialog since Elmore Leonard”, says crime novelist Les Edgerton.

More about the book, below.


Life should have been perfect for Jeremiah Bean. A beautiful wife who wore a Texas Rangers’ badge, a beautiful baby daughter, a judgeship his for the taking.

Instead, his wife and daughter are dead, and his judge’s bench has been taken away because of a bit of a problem with the needle.

Now Judge Royy Bean II, trying to stay off the radar of law enforcement, quietly—though fully armed and always wearing a bullet-proof vest—handles squabbles between thieves and burglars and other assorted fringe members of society in a dusty compound in far southern Texas.

But someone has left a package for him in Barefield: a finger, a note, and a photocopy of a Texas Rangers’ badge—implying things weren’t quite kosher the night his wife, and three of her fellow Rangers, became celebrated heroes.

Bean’s semi, full of dope-packed coffins, is on fire, cops are searching for him, and he’s found fourteen-year-old Faith chained up and hidden inside the cab of the truck. Clearly not what he signed up for.

While trying to take Faith home, Bean confronts the Ranger he believed to be long dead and is forced to face his greatest lost treasure.

Available in trade paperback (Amazon | Barnes & Noble) and for Kindle.


“Trey R. Barker just might be the closest successor to Jim Crumley we have. Both hail from Texas and both have written some of the grittiest noir prose on God’s damned earth. Death Is Not Forever not only took my breath away, I worked up a good sweat while reading it.”
— Vincent Zandri, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Everything Burns and Moonlight Weeps

“Ernest Hemingway described good writing the best, when he compared it to an iceberg in which nine-tenths is submerged and one-tenth shows. A book as a participatory exercise where the reader’s intelligence is assumed and is expected to do some of the work. Such is Trey R. Barker’s novel, Death is Not Forever. It’s from an author who respects the reader completely. An engaging, rough-and-raw saga that has a decided bonus in that it delivers some of the best dialog since Elmore Leonard. Super enjoyable time spent in reading it! Just pure pleasure here.”
— Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch, The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping and others.

“The story literally takes flight into a new echelon of authenticity and excellence. Trey R. Barker has exceeded himself with Death is Not Forever — bloody palm prints of truth smear every page. Prose that blows the designer socks off the faux tough guys writing about blood and guts from the safety of well-managed condos. If you want the real thing — the real guts, the real glory, real pain and regret — this is it. Buy it and pray the book will find enough promotion and publicity to finally lift Barker from shadows into the spotlight.
— Anonymous-9, Hard Bite, Bite Harder, Dreaming Deep

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Feb 2015

Crimespree Magazine #58 Now Available!

Crimespree Magazine 58

Crimespree Magazine — Issue 58 is now available!

• Bryan VanMeter interviews F. Paul Wilson in this issue’s cover feature. Elise Cooper provides three Q&As with Charles Todd, Sophia Hanna and Terry Hayes. And Dan Malmon catches up with Duane Swierczynski and Alex Segura.

• Issue 58 delivers three pieces of fiction this go around: Patrick Shawn Bagley, Stephen Coutler and Steve McQuiggen. The Footprint piece is an interview from 2002 with Barbara Seranella by Jon Jordan. Jon also wrote an article on Dean Kootz’ Odd Thomas series as well as a cool look at Nero Wolfe from A&E.

• And the usual suspects are included for your enjoyment: Reed Farrel Coleman, Craig McDonald and Ayo Onatade. Also, Buzzbin, Book Reviews, Crimespree on Comics and Cooking with Crimespree — one by Catriona MacPherson and another by Harry Hunsicker — appear as well.

Purchase your copy today on Amazon.

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Feb 2015

Ryan Sayles Signs Two Book Deal with Down & Out Books

Author Ryan Sayles has signed a two-book deal with Down & Out Books for his first two hardboiled detective novels featuring PI Richard Dean Buckner, The Subtle Art of Brutality and Warpath.

“We are thrilled to be publishing Ryan’s books,” said Eric Campbell, Publisher, Down & Out Books. “His sharply defined characters and noir style of storytelling is a perfect fit for us.”

“I am excited that Down & Out Books will be publishing my PI novels, and exposing Buckner to a new audience of hardboiled crime fiction readers,” added Sayles.

Ryan Sayles was awarded Dead End Follies’ best newly discovered talent of 2013. The House of Mystery and Fiction also nominated Two Bullets Solve Everything, a crime split he wrote with author Chris Rhatigan and featuring a Buckner story, for best indie publication in 2014. Sayles has over two dozen short stories online, in print and in anthologies, including Trouble in the Heartland, a short story anthology based on the music of Bruce Springsteen. He is a founding member of Zelmer Pulp and a fulltime police officer in the Midwest.

Down & Out Books will reissue The Subtle Art of Brutality in July 2015, with Warpath debuting in October, 2015. Both books will be available in trade paperback and ebook formats.

About the books:

The Subtle Art of Brutality was originally published in 2012 by Snubnose Press and features private detective Richard Dean Buckner. Buckner is hired to find a missing woman by her surrogate father, who blames himself for her disappearance after a fight. What Buckner finds leading to the woman is a string of dead bodies, two of her ex-boyfriends who destroyed their lives because of her, a drug dealer she burned for thousands and an arsonist trying to catch up with her before Buckner does. The Subtle Art of Brutality was nominated by The House of Mystery and Fiction as top indie publication in 2012.

Warpath again features Buckner as he is hired by a real estate mogul to look into a twenty-year-old cold case where the mogul’s wife was assaulted and eventually died. Buckner knows the mogul is lying to him about something, but by the time he gets the whole picture he’s squaring off against a revenge-bent serial rapist. Meanwhile, Buckner’s former homicide partner Graham Clevenger calls Buckner and tells him his grandmother was just killed in a drive-by gone wrong. Buckner manages to locate the gang firing the shots, only to start a war with them. Both cases careen along until they collide headfirst, with Buckner in the middle.

Down & Out Books, an indie-publisher based in Tampa, FL, has been serving up the best crime fiction since 2011.

To obtain a galley version (PDF, mobi, epub) for review, or to coordinate an interview with Ryan, contact Christy@DownAndOutBooks.com.

Visit Ryan Sayles online at https://vitriolandbarbies.wordpress.com/.

Find out more about Down & Out Books at http://downandoutbooks.com/.

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Dec 2014

Matt Hilton’s Joe Hunter Thrillers to be Published in the U.S.


Bestselling British author Matt Hilton and indie-publisher Down & Out Books have joined forces to publish books 7, 8 and 9 in his Joe Hunter thriller series for the first time in the United States.

“No Going Back, Rules of Honor and The Lawless Kind will be released in America this coming January, June and November simultaneously as trade paperbacks and ebooks,” said Eric Campbell, Down & Out Books publisher “Matt’s Joe Hunter series is an outstanding action/adventure ride and I couldn’t be more pleased to have this opportunity to work with him.”

No Going Back, the 7th book in the series, finds Joe Hunter helping Jameson Walker find his daughter and her friend who went missing at a gas station in the Arizona desert. As Joe picks up the girls’ trail, he discovers that other young women have also disappeared in the area, and comes across the brutish Logan family.

Rules of Honor finds Joe trying to prevent his pal Rink from seeking vengeance when his father is brutally murdered because his mother, Yukiko isn’t telling everything she knows. But when there are more vicious deaths — all of them elderly men known to Yukiko — it becomes a matter of honor to uncover the shameful secret that lies behind the murders. Since the killer isn’t playing by the rules, Joe doesn’t care what he breaks to ensure Rink gets his revenge.


In The Lawless Kind, Joe helps bring an end to a Mexican cartel that preys on the people they smuggle across the U.S. border. Once resolved, Joe’s mission leader and mentor admits the mission was not the real reason for Joe to be summoned. His mentor’s great-grandson has been abducted by the leader of one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels. Joe’s mentor, Walter, will do whatever it takes to get the boy back. And he knows Joe is the man for the job.

Matt Hilton, who was born in Scotland and was raised and lives in England, quit his career as a police officer to pursue writing as his full-time vocation. His first Joe Hunter thriller was published in 2009 and was short-listed for the ITW Debut Thriller Award. There are currently ten Joe Hunter books in the series and he sees no end in sight. “I enjoy cinematic American-style thrillers, and Joe Hunter fits the tradition of such strong, determined avengers as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Robert Crais’ Joe Pike.”

Down & Out Books, an indie-publisher based in Tampa, FL has been serving up the best crime fiction since 2011.

To obtain a galley version (PDF, mobi, epub) for review, or to coordinate an interview with Matt, contact Christy@DownAndOutBooks.com.

Visit Matt Hilton online at http://www.matthiltonbooks.com/.


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Nov 2014

Down & Out Books Releases Murder at the Beach: Bouchercon Anthology 2014


Lutz FL, November 12, 2014: Down & Out Books, a leading independent publisher of noir and crime fiction, is pleased to announce the publication of Murder at the Beach: Bouchercon Anthology 2014, edited by Dana Cameron. This year, Bouchercon — which is being held November 13-16 at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency — celebrates a return to the California beach with an anthology of short stories by a roster of talented writers. You’ll never think of sun, sand, or picnics the same way again.

“We are thrilled to have been selected by Boucheron to publish this anthology,” said Eric Campbell, Publisher, Down & Out Books. “With the remarkable Dana Cameron as editor and an outstanding group of authors contributing, Murder at the Beach: Bouchercon Anthology 2014 is a fine collection of stories that reflects the importance of Bouchercon to the mystery genre.” Campbell added that all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.

Murder at the Beach: Bouchercon Anthology 2014 (Down & Out Books; $15.95 trade paperback) is now available at bookstores and online retailers. Signed copies of the book may be purchased at the Down & Out Books table at Bouchercon.

For more information, contact Christy Campbell, christy@downandoutbooks.com.

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Oct 2014

Austin Carr Returns in BIG MOJO by Jack Getze


“Gordon Gekko meets Janet Evanovich in this wry and winning caper—Jack Getze does it again!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author of Truth Be Told

Wall Street’s miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady—or her brother’s inside information?

Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a dubious past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered “Mr. Vic” Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants.

To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discover the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo and slam the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider trading case. Can Austin and his Jersey Shore mouthpiece possibly out maneuver the savvy U.S. District Attorney from Manhattan? Will anything matter for Austin ever again if Mama Bones flips that switch?

“If Jack Getze’s Austin Carr novels aren’t on your must-read list, you don’t know what you’re missing. Austin Carr’s that buddy your wife doesn’t like you to hang out with. Fast-talking, wisecracking, and hard-living, he’s the type of guy who swears he’s only ever looking for a good time, and yet every night out with him seems to end in a fight. But you can’t deny he’s got heart – and Big Mojo is Carr’s most epic adventure yet. It’s got frame-ups. Insider trading. Stolen jewels. Double-crosses. Triple-crosses. Love potions. Gunplay. And enough outsized characters it could only take place in the great state of New Jersey. So pick it up. Give it a read. But maybe tell the missus you’re hanging out with someone else.” —Chris F. Holm, author of the Collector Series

“There’s no way you can lose with an Austin Carr novel with a gorgeous redhead, a character with the moniker of “Mama Bones”, a double-crossing business partner, more bad guys than can be seen in one place outside of the White House, and Austin’s smart mouth that surely he learned by reading lots of Robert B. Parker’s character Spenser… A truly rollicking, fun, action-filled read with more twists than a fevered revival of Hula Hoop fanatics at a Jersey Shore ballroom… And then, there’s that redhead. Always that redhead…” —Les Edgerton, author of The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping and others

“The irrepressible Austin Carr is back, and he’s sly and sardonic as ever. Jack Getze’s Big Mojo is a rollercoaster ride you don’t want to miss!” —Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award Winning Author of Blood Always Tells

Available for your Kindle or as a TP from IndieBound, Amazon or B&N.

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Oct 2014

Anonymous-9 returns with BITE HARDER

BITEHARDERx150Some say he’s a serial killer. Others say he’s a vigilante doing what police can’t or won’t do. What’s certain is that Dean Drayhart, a paraplegic, will soon sit on death row for killing hit-and-run-drivers in Los Angeles. But not if the Mexican Mafia gets hold of him and those he loves first. Dean may be broken in body but his fierce spirit is determined to protect his pet monkey named Sid and girlfriend Cinda—out there running hard and fast from the law. Hardboiled, funny, relentless, and unexpectedly tenderhearted BITE HARDER delivers riotous action all the way to a bombshell climax that could only have been written by Anonymous-9, the self-declared mad scientist of crime fiction.

Praise for BITE HARDER

“Bite Harder is part screwball comedy, part killer crime story entirely unlike anything else out there. It is unique and vicious and bloody funny but what kept me turning pages deep into the night was its heart. I loved Hard Bite, and Bite Harder is even better, stronger, wilder.”
—Josh Stallings, Beautiful, Naked & Dead, Anthony Award nominee

“Brilliant, brutally funny, so real you can taste it. Starring the finest serial-killing helper monkey in all fiction.”
—Douglas Lindsay, author of The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, soon to be a major motion picture starring Emma Thompson and Robert Carlyle

Buy the Down & Out Books TP today: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound

Our pals across the pond, Blasted Heath, released the eBook edition: Kindle | Nook

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Sep 2014

Stinking Rich by Rob Brunet

StinkingRichx150Danny Grant figures he’s hit the big time when he lands a job growing pot for a backwoods biker gang. The Libidos are picky about their hires and prone to radical pruning when members go rogue. Members like Perko Ratwick, the aspiring Road Captain who stretched club rules to hire young Danny, putting his own patch—never mind his life—on the line if the punk screws up. What could possibly go wrong with a high school dropout left unattended in a barn full of high-grade marijuana? Plenty, it turns out. In a world where indoor plumbing’s optional and each local wacko is more twisted than the last, drug money draws reprobates like moths to a lantern. From loveable losers to gnarly thugs and law-and-order wannabes, every last one of them has an angle—their best shot at being stinking rich. But Perko’s got warped ideas about right, wrong, and retribution, and the gang’s not far behind.



“Brunet’s hilarious caper [is] populated with a motley collection of unforgettable would-be heroes, all scrabbling for a piece of the action. Thoroughly entertaining!”

Owen Laukkanen, Anthony-, Barry-, ITW-, and Spinetingler-nominated author of The Professionals, Criminal Enterprise, and Kill Fee


“One of the wildest romps you’ll ever go on…the cast is right out of a John Waters movie and with more unexpected twists and wrong turns than a blind rat on crack running a maze. This book rocks!”

Les Edgerton, O. Henry-, Edgar Allan Poe, and Spinetingler-nominated author of The Bitch and The Genuine, Imitation Plastic Kidnapping


“If Carl Hiaasen were Canadian and enjoyed partaking in a little Class D substance for recreation, then you’d have an idea of what Stinking Rich has for you between its covers.”

Todd Robinson, Anthony-nominated author of The Hard Bounce


“Hilarious crime caper! Trying to properly describe Stinking Rich is like trying to catch grasshoppers. You no sooner snatch up one then a dozen jump up all over the place. There are lots of other great supporting characters that fill this wacky crime story and this reviewer was shaking his head and chuckling often before the entire madcap carousel finally spun down to an exhaustive finish. Rob Brunet is a gifted writer who somehow manages to corral a dozen insane characters and through them tell a tale unlike any we’ve ever heard before. He is a name you want to keep an eye on. We certainly will.”

Ron Fortier, www. pulpfictionreviews.blogspot.com


Available Kindle | Nook

Trade Paperback:  Amazon | B&N | IndieBound




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